Guerneville bridge over Russian River

Guerneville

Charmingly rustic, the town of Guerneville (pop. 4,534) mixes towering redwoods, cool river waters, laid-back attitudes, and Sonoma Wine Country delights in a pleasing blend that makes it a popular destination, as well as an established gay vacation resort. Guerneville has always been a vacation getaway for San Franciscans — by train in the 1870s to the 1930s, and by car through the 1950s.

In the 1970s it became a welcoming resort area for Bay Area gay men and lesbians. Today, visitors stay in cozy cabins, uniquely rustic resorts, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other lodgings. They can choose to eat at trendy restaurants, food stands, or hip cafes reminiscent of the flower-power era. And with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive, wine tasting in the cool-climate Russian River Valley wine region is definitely a must for wine lovers.

With canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, umbrellas, and beach chairs available for rent, Johnson's Beach provides the main river access in downtown Guerneville, within walking distance of restaurants and shops. Visit the awe-inspiring, 805-acre Armstrong  Redwoods State Natural Reserve, two miles north of Guerneville's Main Street. Walk among the serene, majestic beauty of California coast redwoods, some of the world's tallest living things. It can be a transforming experience. Find details about Guerneville hotels and lodging.

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June Bug Photo
14034 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

June Bug Skin & Body is Western Sonoma County’s premier beauty boutique. The boutique offers lash extensions, massage, facials, full body waxing, spray tanning, chemical peels, and wedding services.…

Zen Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Zen Retreat is the perfect spot to embrace nature and release tension. Let worry slide from your neck and shoulders, down your arms and back, through your legs and feet, out of your body. Draw in the…

The Farmhand Photo
15025 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Gourmet deli, espresso bar, and market specializing in house made food with quality ingredients sourcing local with all products as often as possible. Boasting a family environment with spectacular…

Tipsy Timbers Russian River Retreat Photo
15183 Old Cazadero Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located 2 miles from Guerneville, Tipsy Timbers is a private retreat with a 2 bed, 2 bath house & a 1 bed, 1 bath cottage, with fireplaces, outdoor dining, hot tub, heated saltwater pool & large pool…

Jerry Knights River Theater Photo
16135 Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

Jerry Knights Historic River Theater is located in Guerneville California 70 miles North of San Francisco. The Theater was built in the spring of 1947, originally as a movie theater, however it has…